Opinion

Forced Emigration, Then And Now

11/12/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With this week’s commemoration of Kristallnacht, the large-scale Nazi-orchestrated pogrom in Germany, on Nov. 9, 1938, that targeted all remaining Jewish small businesses and Jewish homes, torched hundreds of synagogues, and sent over 20,000 Jews to concentration camps — let us reflect on the underlying causes that led to this horrific event and its implications for today.

 Mordechai Paldiel

Kristallnacht, Through The Years

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Watching “Antique Roadshow” on PBS the other night, I was intrigued by one of the items on display. It was a doll someone had inherited, which the show’s expert evaluated at several thousand dollars in today’s market. It had been manufactured, he said, in the early 1900s, by Kammer & Reinhardt, a well-known German doll-making company, in business from 1886 to 1932. It was the cutoff date that caught my attention — could this have been a Jewish company that closed down as the Nazis rose to power? The company’s logo on the doll’s back confirmed my suspicion. It showed the initials K and R separated by a Star of David. That star set my mind racing. Did the company’s owners end up wearing the proud symbol of their firm as the oppressive yellow star that marked Europe’s Jews during their darkest days?

Francine Klagsbrun

Needed: New Thinking On Palestine/Israel Divide

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Israel/Palestine divide needs some new thinking. Not that new thinking is an automatic panacea, but it offers the possibility of a different approach helping to open new pathways.

Peter Geffen

Remembering That Night: Rabin's Legacy of Hope

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The terrible rise of violence in Israel and the West Bank over the past month has been heartbreaking. Quite apart from the immediate sadness of the deaths and injuries, the incitement from both sides has sharply brought in to focus just how far Israelis and Palestinians are from being able to reach a peace agreement. The violence, combined with the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, as well as weak and ineffective Palestinian leadership, puts hopes for peace at their most distant in twenty years.

An Israeli woman holds a sticker with the date of Rabin's assasination. Getty Images

Conservative Rabbis Want To Talk About Intermarriage

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We recently conducted a survey of Conservative rabbis about intermarriage and were fascinated by what we learned.

Paul Golin

Rabin: The Dream And The Reality

11/02/2015 - 19:00

It is 20 years since maybe the saddest day in the history of Israel – the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

What Yitzhak Rabin Understood About Israel’s Future

11/02/2015 - 19:00

It is hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since that awful day in 1995 when, sitting in a car dealership waiting to fill out papers for our family’s new minivan, my wife grimly walked in to inform me of the news bulletin reporting Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination.  After the initial shock and disbelief, which came like a blow to my solar plexus, I cried off and on for the next 24 hours. 

Martin J. Raffel

Women Can Be Rabbis, In Keeping With Tradition

It is a mistake to think that mesorah only means that everything we do today is cemented in the past.

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) this past week resolved that its members “may not ordain women into the Orthodox rabbinate.” The resolution reasserts the RCA’s position of 2013 that ordaining women represents a “violation of our mesorah,” or tradition.

Rabbi Avi Weiss

Baden-Baden’s Stumbling Stones

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘You’re lucky,” quipped Angelika Schindler, founder of the Stumbling Stone Committee in Baden-Baden. “Usually we have the Stumbling Stone Ceremony in October or November, closer to Kristallnacht.”  But this year, 11 new stones, commemorating Nazi victims, were being laid on Sept. 9.

Charlotte Bonelli

On Restating That Women Rabbis Are Taboo

11/02/2015 - 19:00

One can only wonder at the single-minded focus and dedication of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest body of Orthodox rabbis in North America, to passionately pursue, comment on and pass resolutions on the key issues facing Modern Orthodoxy, and perhaps American and world Jewry today.

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